There’s no shortage to the joys of watching cartoons. Characters like Bugs Bunny and Fred Flintstone are funny, rambunctious and they remind us of the care-free days of our youth. Young or old, who doesn’t smile when they see their favorite cartoon character?
For animation fans old enough to remember shows like “The Jetsons” or “The Smurfs,” that experience is limited to reruns of vintage cartoons rarely played on television anymore. For people in Vegas, coming face to face with a cartoon is as easy as a driving to Circus Circus, home of The Chuck Jones Experience.
The 10,000-square-foot attraction features an in-depth look at famed animator Chuck Jones, the man behind many of Warner Bros. most famous characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. On his own he created a number of other memorable cartoons including Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian and Pepé le Pew. Through his more than 60-year career as an animator, Jones made more than 300 films and won three Oscars for his work as a director. In 1996 he won an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.
Walking around the exhibit feels like stepping inside a cartoon. The walls are painted with vibrant colors and exaggerated features that make you feel like Daffy Duck or another Looney Tunes character might just walk around the corner at any minute.
Apart from just being a fun atmosphere, the attraction gives guests have an opportunity to get and in-depth look at one of the most celebrated animators of all time. Framed sketches of Jones’ early work decorate the walls along with oil paintings of some of his most beloved characters. Some of the other memorable pieces in the attraction include a telegram Jones received from Walt Disney and the last painting that Jones was working on before he died in 2002. At the exhibit guests can also learn what goes into creating a cartoon in the interactive Acme Workshop. If you love cartoons or have ever aspired to create your own, The Chuck Jones Experience is not to be missed.
“This is a spectacular outlet for animation art,” said Ron Campbell one of the special guest animators appearing at the attraction from Aug. 10 – 12.
Campbell worked as an animator, director and producer for 50 years. Some of the shows he worked on include “Sesame Street,” “Rug Rats,” “Yogi Bear,” “The Flintstones,” “The Jetsons,” “Stuart Little,” “Yellow Submarine,” “The Beatles Cartoon” series and many more.
As a special guest at the exhibit, Campbell is available for a meet-and-greet, live art demonstrations and tutorials to educate kids of all ages on how to draw their favorite cartoon characters. He’s part of an ongoing schedule of animators who will be appearing at The Chuck Jones Experience on a regular basis. Some of the other guests scheduled to appear are Bob Alias and Jimmy Mulligan.
More than just an exhibit The Chuck Jones Experience is a chance to for people to interact with some of their favorite cartoons and the creators behind them.
“There are a lot of collectors of animation art, and a lot of animation art across the country is bought online. This is one of the few places you can go to where you can actually see the artwork in front of you,” said Campbell.
Campbell’s schedule for his visit is as follows:
Aug. 10: 3 – 7 p.m.
Aug. 11: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3 – 5 p.m., 6 – 8 p.m.
Aug. 12: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3 – 6 p.m.